Men's Tennis Adds Four
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina head men's tennis coach Chris Powers announced Tuesday the addition of four student-athletes for the upcoming season.
Harry Cohen (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.), Paul Boulay (Nantes, France), Juan Castellanos (Bogota, Colombia) and Gonzalez Achondo (Santiago, Chile) are all set to join the Chanticleers for the 2017-18 campaign.
"We are looking to build off of our fifth-place finish in our first year in the Sun Belt," said Powers. "This is a very good tennis conference, and we will need to reach new heights as a program to compete for a championship. Our team will be very young, but I like that we will have a genuine opportunity to grow as a team for more than just one season. Each season is a new journey and this one should be very interesting with our new student-athletes."
Cohen, who attended Advantage Tennis Academy, comes to Coastal Carolina as a top-50 player in the state of California and a top-200 player in the U.S.
"Harry comes from an excellent tennis background and a strong family," said Powers. "He has been conditioned at his academy for the day-to-day rigors of college tennis, and I think he will settle in nicely with the group. He also has extensive experience against college players, which will serve him well at Coastal."
Boulay is a top-25 player in his age group in France, and holds a national classification of 0 -- a high ranking in France's tennis classification system.
Of Boulay, Powers stated "I look forward to seeing what he brings to the table. His French ranking speaks for itself so I know he can play at a high level. We are hoping for him to make an immediate impact."
Castellanos recently earned his first ATP point and ATP ranking, and was ranked as high as #302 by the International Tennis Federation as junior player.
"Having earned his first ATP point is a great confidence-builder for Juan heading into college tennis," said Powers. "I think we will see a fighter on the court, and we are excited for him to put on the uniform."
Achondo is transferring to Coastal Carolina from Texas A&M Corpus Christi following his freshman season. Playing mainly on the fifth and sixth courts, Achondo finished with a 13-8 record in singles and added a 3-1 record in doubles matches. Ranked as high as #399 by the ITF as a junior player, Achonda also earned an ATP point and #1,918 ATP ranking.
"Gonzalo had a very solid season at his previous school, and I know he is looking for bigger and better things at Coastal. He has collegiate experience that we will lean on with such a young team."